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Oleg Korneev
Number of games in database: 599
Years covered: 1991 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2578 (2568 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2671
Overall record: +253 -91 =219 (64.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      36 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (150) 
    B90 B33 B42 B32 B48
 Sicilian Najdorf (34) 
    B90 B96 B98 B97 B99
 French Defense (33) 
    C18 C07 C05 C16 C12
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B10 B18 B12 B17 B15
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C67 C89 C92 C80 C66
 French Tarrasch (17) 
    C07 C05 C09 C06 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (70) 
    B42 B43 B22 B47 B48
 Semi-Slav (41) 
    D45 D43 D47 D48 D46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (33) 
    D31 D30 D37 D35
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C80 C69 C65 C67 C77
 Sicilian Kan (29) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D00 D02 D04 D01 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   O Korneev vs Piskov, 1996 1-0
   O Korneev vs R Perez, 2000 1-0
   O Korneev vs C Humeau, 2005 1-0
   O Korneev vs Carlsen, 2004 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs O Korneev, 2006 0-1
   O Korneev vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005 1/2-1/2
   O Korneev vs S Williams, 2005 1-0
   O Korneev vs Sutovsky, 2006 1-0
   V Beim vs O Korneev, 1997 1/2-1/2
   O Korneev vs T Rendle, 2014 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   XI Anibal Open (2005)
   Spanish Championship (2013)
   Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona - Casino (2006)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Bunratty Masters (2014)
   Baku Open (2013)
   X Anibal Open (2003)
   European Team Championship (2013)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)

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(born Jul-25-1969, 46 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Spain)

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International Master (1991); Grandmaster (1995).


Korneev has been one of the most active grandmasters in the world, with scarcely a rating period in the last twenty five years in which he hasn't participated in tournaments. (1) This has produced great fluctuations in his rating over the years. (2) Little is known at this stage of Korneev's career before 1991. He received his initial FIDE rating in 1988 when he reached 2280, and did not play another FIDE rated game until well into 1990 during which time his world ranking dropped by over 1000 places despite no movement in his rating, (3) which was most likely an artifice of the increasing number of players being rated by FIDE at that time, the number of active FIDE registered players doubling between 1988 and 1991. (4) The details of his career (below) therefore start in 1991, the year he gained his IM title.


<1991-1994> A solid 7/10 at least at the Krumbach Open 1991. (5) A score of 7/9 at the Hamburg Open in 1992 probably earned him equal second place, albeit certainly behind the likely winner, veteran Czech GM Vlastimil Jansa. Likewise, a score of 7/9 was probably sufficient for equal second behind Josef Klinger at the Werfen Open in 1992. (6) He was probably equal first at the Wichern Open in Hamburg in 1993, alongside the likes of Igor V Glek, Lubomir Ftacnik and Thomas Luther (7) and at the Werfen Open in August 1993 alongside Vladimir Burmakin, Igor Lempert, Vladimir Lazarev and Josef Klinger. He was runner up to Peter Svidler at the first Linares Anibal Open in 1994 (8) and winner of the Foment Open in Spain in 1994. (9)

<1995> The massive Moscow Open of 1995 saw Korneev placing equal second behind Vladimir P Malaniuk and alongside ten other players. Korneev was very prolific in 1995 playing in numerous opens. Unfortunately, the exact results of many of these tournaments are very difficult to verify. What is known, however, is that in this period Korneev was a freshly minted grandmaster forcing his way into the top 100 and was in top form. On many occasions in 1995 he was within the leader board or troubling it in events such as the Badalona Open, the Terrassa Open, the Barbera Open, as well as the opens staged in Groningen, Zaragoza, Novgorod, Manresa, Berga and and Metz. (10) He was outright second at the category 10 Moscow Petrosian invitational round robin event, scoring 7.5/11, half a point behind the winner Mihail Saltaev (11) and equal first at the category 10 Minsk invitational.

<2004> Equal first at the 20th Cappelle la Grande (2004).

<2013> Equal first at the Chigorin Memorial (2013) and second at the 17th Voronezh Chess Festival 2013.

<2015> Winner of the 12th Avicenna Open 2015 in Iran.


<National> Korneev first played in the Russian Championship in 1995, albeit without troubling the leader board with 4/11.

<World> Korneev's sole participation in the World Championship cycle beyond the Zonals was at the FIDE World Cup (2005) where he defeated Evgenij Miroshnichenko in the first set of tiebreakers in the first round, but lost to Sergei Tiviakov in the Armageddon decider in the second round.

Team Events

<Olympiad> He represented Spain at the Chess Olympiad (2012)

<National Representation> He also represented Spain at the European Team Championship (2013).

<City Team> Played for the City of Moscow team that placed second at the first World Cities Chess Championship that was held in Jakarta 1997.

<Continental League> He played for the TPS Saransk club which placed 5th at the European Club Cup (2006).

<National Leagues> Korneev played with the Oberliga Nord in 1992 and 1993.

He first played with the Russian Premier League 1992. His participation in the Russian League has been intermittent since then, as well as frequently changing teams. In 1994 he played for Krylia Sovetov helping them to fourth place and winning individual gold for board one. In 1998, he played board four for the silver medal winning team Universitet Maykop. He played with TPS Saransk for the seasons 2006 and 2007, winning team silver in the former. His most recent participation in the Russian Premier League was in 2013 as first reserve for the Universitet Belorechensk which placed 9th.

Rating and Ranking

Korneev's first FIDE rating was 2280 in January 1988 (when 2200 was the rating floor for the official list). He first made it into the world's top 100 in July 1995, about the time he gained his grandmaster title, weighing in at =50th in the world, his rating being 2605 at that point. He has been in and out of the top 100 since that time, peaking in April 2006 when he was ranked #34 in the world and rated 2671, the highest rating he achieved. (x)


He is married to Tatiana Kononenko.


(1) &; (2) &; (3); (4); (5); (6); (7); (8); (9); (10); (11); (x) &

References and Additional Information

Interview on Chessbase concerning anti-cheating:

Bio still under construction as of 22 September 2015

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 599  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. O Korneev vs Van Wely 0-147 1991 Krumbach opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
2. O Korneev vs Shabalov  0-156 1991 Torcy opB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. W Kobese vs O Korneev  0-141 1991 Krumbach openC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Glek vs O Korneev  ½-½65 1991 Krumbach opC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. E Maljutin vs O Korneev  1-029 1992 Wisla BES opC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
6. O Korneev vs P Haba  ½-½69 1992 Bad Woerishofen op 8thC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Balashov vs O Korneev  ½-½25 1992 Katowice opC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. I Stohl vs O Korneev  ½-½41 1993 HamburgD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. O Korneev vs Ftacnik  ½-½50 1993 HamburgB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. W Degeneve vs O Korneev  0-144 1993 It (open)C51 Evans Gambit
11. O Korneev vs W Hettler 1-07 1993 It (open)B01 Scandinavian
12. M Getta vs O Korneev  0-151 1993 It openC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
13. N Davies vs O Korneev  ½-½22 1993 It (open)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. M Sunday vs O Korneev  0-129 1993 Velden opC53 Giuoco Piano
15. O Korneev vs Suba  1-032 1995 Zaragoza IBERCAJA-A opB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
16. S Smagin vs O Korneev  ½-½33 1995 Moscow PetrosianC48 Four Knights
17. Geller vs O Korneev 1-057 1995 RUS-ch Elista ;CBM 50 HechtB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. O Korneev vs Y Shulman  ½-½44 1995 MinskC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
19. G Timoshchenko vs O Korneev  ½-½10 1995 Metz op 13thD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Taimanov vs O Korneev  ½-½21 1995 MinskA06 Reti Opening
21. O Korneev vs M Kaabi  1-042 1995 Paris opC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
22. O Korneev vs V Malakhov  ½-½56 1995 RUS-chB27 Sicilian
23. V Iordachescu vs O Korneev  ½-½61 1995 It (cat.10)C55 Two Knights Defense
24. O Korneev vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½13 1995 It (a) Zaragoza (ESP) (09)B33 Sicilian
25. Svidler vs O Korneev  ½-½12 1995 RUSC45 Scotch Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-26-04  capablancakarpov: Oleg Korneev is one of my favourite players.A true communist,survives playing a lot of small tournaments in Spain with other survivors like him ( Kurajika,Pogorelov,Campora),and giving chess classes.Is married with WGM Tatiana Kononenko,who frequently plays in the same tournaments that her husband.Korny is the most profilic chess player of the world,and perhaps of history.In 2001 he played 185 games,in 2002 194 games,in 2003 227 and in 2004 he has established an astonishing mark of 251!!! games played.He is one of the active players with more tournament wins,and his real elo strenght is around 2640,but he plays without rest, alternating spectacular victories with disastrous tournaments,bad,but necessary if he wants to survive.
Jun-20-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Oleg's games:
Jun-20-05  stijn: how do you know all this?
Jun-20-05  capablancakarpov: Because iīm a fan !!!!
Jan-01-06  capablancakarpov: Korneev gained an astonishing 50 points in 56 games, and is placed 57th of the world, with 2649 elo points. With " The elevator " you never know, maybe he will reach the 2680s, maybe he will drop to 2550 points....
Mar-31-06  Mameluk: Hmm, yes. Korneev is surprise of the April list with his 2671 rating.
Apr-10-06  capablancakarpov: Indeed, 34th of the world, 22 elo gain points in 79 games !!!. Korny is so prolific that i donīt notice half of the tournaments he plays, some in Spain, some in France, others in Morocco...
Apr-23-06  DutchDunce: Evidently we missed the battle of the Korns today at the Russian championship: Kornev vs. Korneev. The game was drawn. Korny!
Jun-07-06  capablancakarpov: Jo Jo, good joke! :-)
Jun-07-06  BIDMONFA: Oleg Korneev


Jul-15-06  rustamrocks: Korneev wins 17th edition of the Benasque Open scoring 8.5/10 points. Congratulations to him!
Jul-25-06  oao2102: <capablancakarpov> <"A true communist"> Whaa??
Aug-24-06  capablancakarpov: Yes, in his interviews he always criticizes the Spanish Conservative Party, PP, Franco followers,who sistematicaly stop organizing chess tournaments when are in the government,because chess makes you think by yourself and be more intelligent, and this is something that the Capitalist and Conservative partys canīt let. By the way, he also accused Morozevich of give positive in an antidoping control, and Vallejo of the use of computers while playing, both cases checked by himself,and complains of the lack of punishments against this players. Also, he is the player with more tournaments victories in chess history, with more than 300 ( Karpov has 160 ).
Oct-20-06  capablancakarpov: The Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona-Casino takes place 19th-27th October 2006. In the tournament of XIV category play: Ivanchuk Vassily g UKR 2741, Bologan Viorel g MDA 2659, Korneev Oleg g RUS 2657, Dominguez Lenier g CUB 2655, Granda Zuniga Julio E g PER 2646, Peralta Fernando g ARG 2574, Timman Jan H g NED 2565, Narciso Dublan, Marc g ESP 2511, Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel m ESP 2508, Lacasa Diaz Jose Antonio m ESP 2410.

Yesterday Korneev obtained another big victory, perhaps the best of his amazing career, destroying Ivanchuk with black pieces in 26 moves, in the first round of this tournament. Check here the game:

Dec-15-06  capablancakarpov: I love this man. The past week he played the 1st Granada Open, a 9 round Swiss open tournament in the south of Spain, in which he finished second, gaining 1500€. The tournament finished Sunday 10th at 14.00. Then, he took his car, and with his beautiful wife WGM Tatiana Kononenko, who usually plays the same tournaments that his husband, drove 10 hours to arrive to Elgoibar,Basque Country, North of Spain, 800Km of distance. Then, a brief sleep and Monday morning the XVI Elgoibar Tournament started, 9 rounds in a week, with double rounds two days. So Korneev would have play 18 games in 16 days. Astonishing. He only drew the first four rounds against inferior opponents due to fatigue ( his wife only scored half point ), but has recovered and won his last two games. He will lost elo points, but will gain some money to pay the bills. In 5 or 6 years, he will be the most prolific chess player of all time surpassing Korchnoi if continues playing 300 games per year... Truly a legend.
Oct-01-07  capablancakarpov: Korneev tied his own world record with 79 games in 92 days in the past 3 months. By the way, he gained 22 points, and the elevator is once again climbing to the top 100.
Jan-14-08  capablancakarpov: Korneev beat his own world record with 80 games in 92 days, gaining 58 elo points and climbing to the 70th spot in the world list. His score over the past 3 months was an impressive +58-1=21. When Korneev is hot is unstoppable. He won 6 tournaments in this period, increasing is tournament wins to more than 300 ( also a world record ). The legend of this man continues to grow.
Sep-23-10  bravado1: capablancakaropov, I don't think you're his fan. I think that you find it amusing that this guy ruins his health and plays so many tournaments in order to make ends meet. Why? the general tone of your posts, the sums of money he earned you count, etc. Even the "amazing" number of games he plays every month or year make you laugh. Well, if you're lucky and very rich, good for you. Not everybody is rich, though, and not everybody can play like Kasparov or Anand to earn a milion dollars for one tournament, very few people are world champions. Or perhaps you fancy his wife, and that's the problem?
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  GrahamClayton: Interview:

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  lost in space: <<Oleg Korneev>: "He also says that FIDE is completely rotten and shows no signs of getting any better.">

Seems that FIDE is not better than FIFA. Even Maffia seems to better.

Dec-25-12  capablancakarpov: <bravado1> I personaly know Oleg, and respect it. I try to wide the knowledge of his achieves, so they receive little to no attention. So, donīt make supositions, and get a life.
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  PhilFeeley: Good interview on Chessbase recently:

We should be discussing his recent game with Borislav Ivanov, but unfortunately, the game is not here yet. There's lots of discussion of this on Boris's page.

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  Dionysius1: What a weird discussion at the link <PhilFeeley> gives! Surely to goodness 12.3 prohibiting the use of sources of information can safely be taken to include computers! And yet the two discutants agree immediately it doesn't do so clearly enough.
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